Residents are driven to complain over school

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 16, 2013

A planning application for the first Leeds Jewish high school has sparked objections from local residents, primarily complaining about the dangerous driving of parents.

One resident complained of seeing “parents on their mobiles, eating and drinking and having dogs on their laps all while driving as the pupils go to and from the school”.


Why faith schools are bad news

By Ellie Levenson, April 14, 2013

Parents of children due to start state primary school this year will find out shortly where their child has been allocated. It's a nervous time - a recent National Audit Office Report found that a fifth of primary schools are full or oversubscribed with a predicted shortfall of 240,000 places next year.


Tablets working well for special needs learning

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 8, 2013

A Jewish special needs school is seeking donations of tablet computers to enable disabled children to benefit from apps which can revolutionise teaching.

Aim Habonim in Salford has begun using specially designed speech therapy apps which operate on iPads. It can cost up to £200 for a package designed to develop speech, language and awareness skills tailored to the needs of each child.


Academic boycott of Israel approved by Irish union

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

The Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to boycott all academic collaboration with Israel, including research programmes and exchange of scientists.

It is thought to be the first full academic boycott enforced by a European teaching union.


Gove’s got it wrong on Hebrew

By Matt Plen, April 4, 2013

Last month, Michael Gove defended plans for the teaching of foreign languages in primary schools. Schools will be required to select from a list that, while including ancient Greek, Italian and Mandarin, excludes Hebrew. Jewish schools, pressed for curriculum time, will have to choose between squeezing in Hebrew alongside another language - or abandoning it.


Police investigate allegations of sex abuse at Carmel College

By Zoe Winograd, March 28, 2013

Thames Valley police have confirmed that they are conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Carmel College, the now closed Jewish public school.

Former Carmel students have claimed that they were sexually abused while they were at the school.


Big rise in single-sex education in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, March 28, 2013

According to a recent study there has been a 40 per cent rise in gender-segregated learning in Israeli state religious schools.

Ariel Finkelshtain, a researcher for the religious Zionist organisation Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, used data from the Education Ministry website to put together an analysis on the subject.


Bug hits Mathilda Marks Kennedy School

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy School in Mill Hill closed last Friday (March 15) due to an outbreak of norovirus. Head teacher Jillian Dunstan said: “We were advised by the Health Inspection Agency to close the school to prevent further spread of the virus.” The school, which has 220 pupils from nursery to year six, was reopened on Monday.


Twigg: 'Hebrew to stay'

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2013

Shadow education secretary Stephen Twigg has told Jewish communal leaders he opposes government plans to force religious education and Hebrew out of the national curriculum.


Top of the class as North West London Jewish Day School pulls rank

March 25, 2013

The North West London Jewish Day School has improved its overall Ofsted rating from good to outstanding in its latest inspection.

Inspectors also found pupil achievement, teaching quality and leadership and management good — and behaviour and safety of pupils outstanding.